• Packers running backs coach Ben Sirman said that rookie fourth-round pick Jamaal Williams will head into training camp as the backup to starter Ty Montgomery, but the context around the statement all but concedes the distinction was made mostly by default.
"The biggest thing is just competition, competition," Sirmans said. "With so many different guys, somebody is going to have to rise to the top and step up and be ready to play."
I expect the headlines to generate a more pro-Williams narrative than what Sirmans' broader statements merit, but I'll want very little to do with Williams even if he becomes a trendy handcuff. I don't expect Williams to offer anything more than negligible fantasy utility, because I don't think he can hold on to a reliable role on this Packers team.
Of course, I am biased on this question. I didn't think Williams was worth a fourth-round pick. I didn't think he was better than fifth-round pick Aaron Jones, and for the theoretical role Williams would serve as a between-the-tackles runner behind the slashing Montgomery, I don't even think he's as good as seventh-round pick Devante Mays.
Williams' ostensible utility is a power element, but at 6-feet, 212 pounds he doesn't have the build of a powerful NFL runner. Jones (5-foot-9, 208 pounds) actually has better body density, and offers it with better athleticism and pass-catching ability.
If the Packers really want a power specialist, then Mays (5-foot-11, 230 pounds) would make the most